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  • Soldier Fly - (Ptecticus trivittatus)

    Soldier Fly - (Ptecticus trivittatus)

    Solider Flies are brilliant mimics of wasps and bees, but they do not sting and are so tiny, they may be difficult to find.




    Staff Writer (2/9/2016): This species of Soldier Fly can be found in woods, gardens and parks, with populations of adults hovering or standing over rotting plant matter. They are very small in size. These Solider Flies are not pests and do not seem interested in humans or their buildings like House Flies. They have been seen on compost heaps, piles of grass clippings and other decomposing vegetation. Females lay fertilized eggs on the plant matter, so they are also called Compost Flies. Maggots are also small and tan in color with ten segments to their worm-like bodies. The Solider Fly maggots eat the compost and their presence may deter other types of pesky flies from inhabiting the same area. Adults are believed to drink flower nectar.

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    Details of the:
    Soldier Fly


    Category: Fly or Mosquito
    Common name: Soldier Fly
    Scientific Name: Ptecticus trivittatus
    Other Names: Compost Fly

    Taxonomy:
      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Diptera
          Family: Stratiomyidae
           Genus: Ptecticus
            Species: trivittatus





    Size (Adult, Length): 6mm to 7mm (0.24in to 0.28in)

    Identifying Colors: brown, orange, yellow, green

    Additional Descriptors: flying, wasp-like


    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Arkansas; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Nebraska; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Vermont; Virginia; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Mexico


    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.





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